ApacheCon US 2008 Session

Adoption-Led - a rather obvious way of talking about open source

Open Source will form the root of 70% of commercial software by 2012 according to Gartner. Software developed at Apache will form a huge slice of that. The open source origins of business software mean that software is being driven into business use through the procurement process by vendors less and less. Instead, it is being adopted from the open source community. If we change the way we talk about software entering businesses we can also change a great deal of how others understand what is happening as well as understand open source business models more easily. This talk explores the adoption-led trend and paradigm and considers its consequences for the Open Source software movement and for the businesses engaging with it.